03 December 2009
03 December 2009
Peugeot Sport, the racing department of the Peugeot brand, has chosen the HyperWorks Suite to optimize its composite development processes.
Peugeot Sport is using HyperMesh, the pre-processor of the suite; OptiStruct for optimization; and HyperView for the post-processing of the data. The software suite is mainly used to design and optimize structural elements in composites, i.e., for the chassis and bodywork of Peugeot’s LMP1 car.
This is seen as a flexible and fast way to evaluate the design of composite parts, which is particularly useful in the fast-paced world of motorsports.
""A major reason to choose the HyperWorks Suite is the user friendliness of HyperMesh, especially for the creation of composites models,” said Livio Galassi, Composite Design Engineer and Structure Analyst at Peugeot Sport. “The interface is very intuitive and easy to learn. Furthermore, I see many great improvements in the area of composite model creation and optimization in the recent version of the software suite. This new approach allows us a faster and more efficient design of composite parts.”
“Another important reason to choose HyperWorks is the flexible license system Altair offers,” said Galassi. “We can use the HyperWorks units we already have for any HyperWorks application needed and can also use them for Altair’s partner products of the HWEC (HyperWorks Enabled Community). Even if we haven’t done this yet, it is an option we are thinking about as it will help us to consolidate our software costs. Moreover, Altair’s customer support and the customer communication with its homepage, newsletter and events is excellent.""
“We appreciate Peugeot Sport’s selection of HyperWorks,” said Mauro Guglielminotti, managing director Altair, France. “The motorsport and the aerospace industries are the leaders in composite design, but it does get used more and more in every industry that is looking to produce lighter and better products. With the HyperWorks suite, we offer the right tools to optimize composite development processes, a solution that wins growing acceptance throughout all industries.”
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